“The Average Man and the Genius”
Adlet vs Hans:
After last week’s cliffhanger, I was grateful to jump straight into the fight between Adlet and Hans – it was fast paced and Adlet’s reactions and smoke bombs really felt like desperate measures. As the title suggests, Adlet is just an average man with an array of tricks and gadgets at his disposal, whereas Hans is a genius assassin with incredible strength and speed, yet it’s Adlet who comes across as the smarter of the two. His trick with the sword would be very useful against long-ranged foes, and he could have taken Hans out with a single blow. However, he didn’t, because he’s not the seventh. And neither is Hans.
Hans has been suspicious since his introduction. His character design, description, and general demeanour are enough to make anyone doubt him; but it’s too obvious that the assassin of the group would be the fake. He still could have another part to play in this fiendish plan, but I don’t think he’s the seventh hero. His stunt against Adlet was proof enough: he revealed himself as the seventh, gauged his reaction, and then slit his throat. Of course, it was never going to be that easy, and it turned out to be his final trick to prove that Adlet is in fact the real deal. The face of a dying man tells no lies – Hans knows it all too well, and in that moment Adlet genuinely thought he was going to be killed by the fake. With that, I think we can cross Hans off the list (along with Fremy and Adlet), which leaves four more potential fakes, all of which were plenty suspicious in this episode.
Chamo’s Vomit Fiends:
Chamo’s violent actions at the end, whilst problematic to the cause, do seem to come from her boredom with this entire situation, as opposed to her being the actual fake and taking out the others while she can. She’s considered the strongest of the group, and Hans and Adlet fear her before she even uses her ability – which is gross, but impressive, despite the rather poor CG fiends. Chamo isn’t the smartest, and she seemingly has no interest in figuring out this mystery. She just wants to get out of this trap and kill the big bad guy. Unfortunately for her, it seems this entire season is going to cover the first volume (a rarity in LN adaptation), which means our Braves may never even set foot on tainted soil before episode 12.
Suspect of the Week – Mora:
Whilst Chamo’s assault at the end isn’t good for the group, I don’t exactly believe she’s doing it for any great reason, other than her getting to where she wants to be. Goldov remains as wooden as ever, proving he is still the most uninteresting character of the bunch. If he is the fake or the eighth then I’d probably be seriously underwhelmed. He’s doing nothing for me, even if I’m still skeptical of him. Nashetania is going back an forth from panicked to composed, but she’s set on clearing the blame on Adlet. I wouldn’t count her out, but there was nothing too suspicious this week; she seems to be genuinely looking into Hans tracks and trying to prove that he’s the fake. Unfortunately, she’s not getting anywhere.
Mora, however, is sending alarm bells ringing. I’ve doubted everything she’s said since her introduction, if only because so many of them don’t even consider her a suspect. Some of her early statements seem to contradict each other, and her attempt to convince Fremy to kill Adlet was the most suspicious yet. She’s got a title that gives her credibility, she’s one of the few who apparently knows how to activate the barrier, Chamo believes there’s no way she’s the seventh, and none of the others do at this point either. As an outsider looking in, all signs point to Mora.
Overview – What’s Next?:
I wish we got to hear what Adlet’s question was for Chamo. However, I presume that will be brought up again next week if the action dies down in time. Conflicts are rising in the group, which likely proves useful for the seventh (and eighth?). Fremy, Adlet, and Hans get the clear, but the other four could have some role in what’s going on, but as I say, Mora seems the most suspicious of the bunch.
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